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Join the Movement: Plastic Free July Campaign

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This July, our community is excited to join millions of people worldwide in the Plastic Free July campaign. This global initiative encourages individuals, households, businesses, and organizations to reduce single-use plastics throughout the month. By participating, we can contribute to a healthier environment and inspire long-lasting habits.

What is Plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July started in 2011 as a local initiative in Western Australia and has since grown into a powerful global movement. The campaign's mission is to raise awareness about plastic pollution and to promote practical ways to reduce plastic waste. Participants are challenged to avoid single-use plastics and to find sustainable alternatives.

Why Participate?

We have many reasons why to participate of this worldwide campaign:

Environmental Impact: Single-use plastics are a significant source of pollution. They harm wildlife, pollute our oceans, and contribute to landfill waste. By reducing our plastic consumption, we help protect our planet.

Health Benefits: Many plastics contain harmful chemicals that can leach into food and beverages. Reducing plastic use can decrease our exposure to these toxins.

Community and Global Influence: Small changes can lead to significant impacts. By participating, we can inspire others in our community and contribute to a global movement for a cleaner, healthier world.

At Little Plant Pantry we help you to get involved in this important initiative. We offer you a wide variety of products that replace items usually made of plastic, such as toothbrushes, shopping bags, dishwasher detergents, among others. Not to mention that you can always make your groceries bringing your own containers and minimizing the use of disposable plastic.

But there is more to do! You can spread the word by sharing your journey on social media using the hashtag #PlasticFreeJuly. Encourage also friends and family to join the movement, support local initiatives and educate yourself and others learning about the impact of plastic pollution and sharing information with your community.

Plastic Free July is an excellent opportunity for each of us to make a difference. By taking part, we can reduce our environmental footprint, promote sustainable living, and inspire others to do the same. Let's take this challenge together and work towards a plastic-free future!

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Recipe of the month: Chia-Açai Pudding

Looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack that's quick to prepare? Try this Chia-Açai Pudding! It's easy to make, requires just a few ingredients, and can be prepared in advance. Perfect for busy mornings or as a tasty treat anytime.

Ingredients:

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Instructions:

  1. Blend the dates and milk:
    • Add the pitted Medjool dates and almond milk to a high-speed blender.
    • Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients:
    • Add the chia seeds, banana, açaí puree, and maple syrup (if using) to the blender.
    • Blend again until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Refrigerate or serve:
    • Pour the mixture into four jars or glasses.
    • Refrigerate for later use or enjoy immediately.
  4. Add toppings:
    • Top with your favorite toppings. Granola and fresh fruit or berries are great options!

Tips:

  • For additional sweetness without using maple syrup, add more dates.
  • Feel free to substitute the banana with other fruits like blueberries or strawberries.

Enjoy this nutritious and delightful Chia-Açai Pudding, whether you're at home or on the go!

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New cleaning products in bulk

As part of our commitment to reducing plastic waste, we're excited to introduce three new eco-friendly products: Powdered Dishwaser Detergent, Powdered Laundry Detergent and Liquid Fabric Softener. All these products offer an effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional disposable plastic packaging, helping you make a positive impact on our planet.

Laundry Detergent in Powder

Our Laundry Detergent in Powder is designed to provide a powerful clean while being gentle on the environment. Unlike liquid detergents that come in plastic bottles, you can get this powdered detergent in bulk, bringing your own container to the shop. Also, it is highly effective as its concentrated formula ensures a deep clean, removing stains and leaving clothes fresh.

Suitable for all types of fabrics, white and color, leaving a pleasant and soft lavender aroma.

Concentrated formula with active oxygen.

Learn more about this product here

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Softener

Liquid Fabric Softener

Our Liquid Fabric Softener combines the softness you love with environmentally conscious packaging, as you can bring your own container and pump as much as you want. This alternative to traditional softeners in plastic bottles ensures your clothes are soft and static-free while reducing your plastic footprint!

This product softens naturally using plant-based ingredients to soften fabrics and reduce static cling. It is free from harsh chemicals, making it gentle on skin and clothes, leaving a pleasant, discreet and natural fragrance. Concentrated formula.

Learn more about this product here

Dishwasher Detergent in Powder

Say goodbye to plastic-wrapped dishwasher pods and hello to our Dishwasher Detergent in Powder. This product is a sustainable choice that offers excellent cleaning power without the plastic waste, as you can bring your own container and refill as much as you want.

One tablespoon is equivalent to one tablet. And you can wash your dishes up to 100 times with one kilo of this product! Also, it is free from phosphates and chlorine, making it safer for the environment and your home. Compatible with all dishwasher models.

Learn more about this product here

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Our new cleaning products in bulk are excellent choices for anyone looking to reduce their reliance on disposable plastics without compromising on quality. All them can be found in our shop in Oud West as well as online. We deliver across The Netherlands in sustainable packaging like compostable bags or recycled glass jars.

 

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New Section: On Sale

Did you know that we have many essential products for your pantry on offer on our website? To access them more easily, we have prepared a special section called "On Sale". Find it in our main menu and enjoy discounts of up to 30% on oils, nuts, seeds, rice and many more.

What about our packaging? All dry products are packaged in compostable kraft paper bags. Liquids are shipped in recycled glass bottles or jars at no additional cost. You don't need to pay any deposit! Sometimes, the box where we ship your order doesn't look so pretty. You know why? Because we reuse the cardboard boxes where we receive the products from our suppliers: your order is shipped in those boxes.

Finally, if your order exceeds €75, shipping is free!

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Take advantage of these summer offers and fill your pantry with the best products for you and your family. At the same time, you will be supporting a small retail business.

And remember: reuse, recycle, repair!

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Free Skincare Consultation

We're happy to announce a very special event for June: Free Skincare Consultation. Marisa from Primal Essence will welcome you on Sunday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our store to provide you with valuable beauty and skincare advice.

Skin consultation

Not sure which Primal Essence products will work best for your skin or hair type? Or perhaps you always wanted to try their products but didn't know where to start. Then, don't miss this opportunity!

But that is not all. You will also find 50% discount on selected skincare, haircare, and bath products from Primal Essence.

To celebrate the beginning of summer, come to the shop, get your products for half price, and receive personalized advice from Marisa. Discover your absolute essentials for healthy summer skin!

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(Gluten free) Harissa pasta

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This month's recipe is suitable for everyone. Are you gluten intolerant? Try this recipe with our gluten free Tortiglioni pasta. It's organic, delicious and high in protein!

Ingredients: (for 4 portions):

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 80g. to 100g. of Tortiglioni or any pasta of your choice
  • 2 onions
  • 1 jar of grilled bell peppers
  • Harissa paste. Start with 3 tablespoons and add more for the heat
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2,5 dl homemade cashew milk (or 1 more can coconut milk)
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Few handfuls leafy greens like spinach, Swiss chard or kale

Instructions:

Prepare Ingredients:

    • Chop the onions into small cubes and mince the garlic.
    • Drain and chop the grilled bell peppers into small cubes.
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Cook Base:

    • Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onions and cook until golden brown.
    • Add the minced garlic and chopped bell peppers, cooking for a few more minutes until they get some color.

Build the Sauce:

    • Add the harissa paste, nutritional yeast, grated lemon zest, Italian herbs, paprika powder, black pepper, and salt to the saucepan. Mix well.
    • Pour in the coconut milk and cashew milk, mixing thoroughly. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Cook the Pasta:

    • Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to the package instructions.

Finish the Sauce:

    • Add the leafy greens and frozen peas to the sauce, stirring until the greens are wilted and the peas are heated through.
    • Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice, then taste and adjust seasoning with more harissa paste and salt if needed.

Combine and Serve:

    • Mix the cooked pasta with the sauce until well coated.
    • Serve immediately, topped with vegan parmesan.

Enjoy your flavourful and nutritious (gluten free) Harissa Pasta!

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Beautiful Handcrafted Candles

After our successful handmade candle workshop, our friend Marisa from Primal Essence got to work and brought us these beautiful candles made by her and available in our store starting this month.

The candles are made from soy wax, natural derived fragrance, natural derived color and wooden wicks. The wooden wick gives it a distinctive touch as it emits a sound similar to cracking wood in the fireplace. How cozy! The superior quality essential oils highlight natural aromas such as vanilla, orchid and cedar among others.

If you still don't know what to give on this Mother's Day, come to our store and get a handmade candle made with love. We can help you choose between different sizes, colors and aromas.

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Let’s make our garden alive!

Spring is here but we are still working on beautifying our garden. Last year our neighbors and friends helped us by donating plants and volunteering for a while making our little backyard more pleasant for everyone. This year we need extra hands again to revive the summer ecosystem, attracting bees and butterflies among others.

Would you like to participate? You can stop by our store whenever you want during our opening hours. Do you have extra plants in your house but don't have enough space or time to take care of them? Bring them and plant them in our garden! Here we have everything we need to get to work. See you!

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Soy Mince and Chickpea Burger Patties (Gluten-Free)

This month's recipe is an easy and fun preparation to make together as a family. Kids will love participating in the process! Take note:

Ingredients:

Marinade:

burgers

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine soy mince, vegetable broth, and ground flax seed. Gradually add all the marinade ingredients, ensuring thorough mixing to incorporate everything. Allow the mixture to marinate while preparing the vegetables.
  2. Peel the onion and carrots, then blend them in a food processor. Add the blended vegetables to the bowl.
  3. Blend the boiled chickpeas until smooth, then add them to the bowl.
  4. Blend the gluten-free oats into a fine powder and add them to the bowl along with the rice flour.
  5. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if necessary. The dough should be moist but firm and moldable. If it's too dry, add some mayo or water; if too wet, add blended oats or rice flour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line baking tray(s) with parchment paper, drizzling a bit of oil on top.
  7. Measure 150g portions of the dough and shape them into patties with your hands or using a ring mold.
  8. Drizzle oil over the patties and bake for 15 minutes. Optionally, flip the patties halfway through baking for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until they're golden brown and firm.
  9. Enjoy the patties fresh or store them for later. They freeze well and can be easily reheated whenever needed.

Remember you can always find these delicious burgers available at our store!

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Let’s celebrate!

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Anniversary

Join us in celebrating a significant occasion this April! Little Plant Pantry is turning five years old, marking half a decade of dedication to our community and sustainability.

Since opening our doors on April 7, 2019, Little Plant Pantry has been a place to connect with those seeking a more sustainable future. The founders, Maria and Winter, envisioned a place where community impact and environmental consciousness could thrive; three years later, Pomi and Carolina, took over the mission to continue the legacy. And here we are!

As we reflect on the past five years, we're filled with gratitude for each and every one of you who has made this journey possible. To show our appreciation, we invite you to join us for a week-long celebration filled with delightful surprises. From special tastings every day to exclusive gifts, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Join us at the store throughout the first week of April to partake in the festivities and receive your token of our gratitude. We can't wait to share this milestone with you and continue our journey toward a brighter, more sustainable future together.

We look forward to seeing you there!